“thud!” go the nails in the coffin of the landline

cisco3gmicrocell-photolgLast week, AT&T in the US began making these brilliant little devices to my right available to selected areas. Wondering what it is? It’s an AT&T 3G Microcell – your own personal 3G base station with backhaul provided by your broadband internet connection. It provides coverage of up to 500 square meters!

For a flat rental fee each month, you can register up to 10 phones of which 4 can be used on the cell simultaneously. When voice calls are placed using the Microcell, they aren’t counted toward your monthly allowance of calls. The device provides high speed data to your mobile phone too.

I really think that devices like these highlight the dying gasps of that old communication relic of the 20th century, the landline. When every house member can use their mobile to call for a flat rate when within range of their home 3G cell, the idea of calling a location will finally give way entirely to the notion of calling a person.

I reckon this thing is sheer genius. As long as issues of interference and bandwidth could be worked out, I don’t see why we couldn’t deploy something like this here in Australia. I’d love one – much of my house sees just one bar of GSM coverage despite living 10 minutes drive from the city center. Same with my friends’ place, 5 minutes down the road. Thoughts? Would you get one – if it cost the same or slightly less than fixed line rental per month?

you wouldn’t deprecate your friend’s chose in action

Pirated movies don’t have scratches that make them unplayable. Pirated movies don’t have irritating public service announcements you can’t skip. Pirated movies are easy to transcode and put onto my portable media player. Pirated media is often high definition. Pirated media is generally more flexible in usability than legitimately purchased media. That’s kind of a shame, really. I wish legitimate media was better.

why i’ve been quiet


I haven’t posted a whole lot recently! It’s for good reason, I’ve been training a couple of trainers from Manila in the Philippines in my favourite product to enable them to train in one of work’s offshore call-centers. As a result, my days have been real busy – lots of fun, too!

The other interesting news which you may or may not already know about is that I’m going to be heading over to Manila myself sometime in October to accredit these trainers in the delivery of the course. At this stage it looks like being about a 6 or 7 week stint, roughly around the same duration as my last trip when I went to Delhi in 2006. I’m looking forward to being spoilt at a fancy hotel again. I’ll probably forget how to clean my room for some time. There’ll definitely be a whole lot of photographs and posted updates right here once I go. In the meantime, all might be a little quiet. Stay tuned!